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Punjab Congress Crisis Highlights: Charanjit Singh Channi to be new Punjab CM, reaches Raj Bhavan to meet Governor

Punjab Congress Crisis Live Updates: Former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, current state unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa are frontrunners for the post of the CLP leader.

Punjab Congress Crisis Highlights: Charanjit Singh Channi to be new Punjab CM, reaches Raj Bhavan to meet Governor
Charanjit Singh Channi elected as the new chief minister of Punjab. (Express Photo)

The Congress announced on Sunday that Charanjit Singh Channi has been elected as the leader of the Punjab Congress Legislative Party (CLP), paving the way for his appointment as the chief minister. The development comes a day after Congress veteran Amarinder Singh resigned as chief minister amid a bitter power tussle with state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu with less than five months to go for the Assembly polls.

The surprise pick of Channi came amid reports of the party zeroing in on the name of Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa for the CM post, but a resistance from the Sidhu camp forced the party to rethink on its decision. Along with Randhawa, former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar and the party’s current state unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa were the frontrunners for the post of the CLP leader, who will be the new chief minister.

Names of senior party leaders Ambika Soni, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Brahm Mohindra, Vijay Inder Singla, Punjab Congress working president Kuljit Singh Nagra and MP Partap Singh Bajwa are also doing the rounds. However, Soni has rejected the CM post offer, saying that the next chief minister should be from the Sikh community.

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18:43 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Charanjit Channi’s supporters celebrate outside Governor’s house in Chandigarh
18:31 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Punjab Congress Crisis Live Updates: Charanjit Singh Channi, Congress MLAs reach Raj Bhavan

Punjab Congress Crisis Live Updates: Charanjit Singh Channi, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Harish Rawat and Congress MLAs reach Raj Bhavan at Chandigarh.

18:30 (IST)19 Sep 2021
I hope he is able to keep border state of Punjab safe: Captain Amarinder Singh congratulates Charanjit Singh Channi

Captain Amarinder Singh, who resigned as Punjab CM yesterday extends his wishes to new CM-designate Charanjit Singh Channi, tweets “I hope he’s able to keep the border state of Punjab safe and protect our people from the growing security threat from across the border.”

18:21 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Navjot Singh Sidhu accompanies Charanjit Singh Channi to meet Governor

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu accompanying CM- designate Charanjit Singh Channi to meet the governor along with other party leaders.

18:11 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Channi like my younger brother, not at all disappointed: Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa
17:45 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Charanjit Singh Channi to be new Punjab CM, tweets Harish Rawat

‘Congress leader Charanjit Singh Channi to be new Punjab Chief Minister,’ tweets senior Congress leader Harish Rawat

17:05 (IST)19 Sep 2021
No decision yet on new CM, wait for 2-3 hours: Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa

No decision yet (on new Punjab CM), you will have to wait for 2-3 hours… announcement will be made today: Congress leader Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa

16:50 (IST)19 Sep 2021
‘No comments’: Aruna Chaudhary on her name being proposed for Deputy CM post
16:49 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Sukhjinder Randhawa seeks time from Governor Banwarilal Purohit

Congress leader Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has sought time for a meeting with Governor Banwarilal Purohit amid political developments in Punjab: Sources quoted by ANI

16:29 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Congress considers caste game in Punjab, two deputy CMs likely to be appointed

Two deputy CMs will be appointed along with CM in Punjab. 1 Hindu and 1 Dalit MLA to be appointed for the post: Sources quoted by ANI

16:25 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Rahul Gandhi returns to his residence after meeting Sonia Gandhi
16:13 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Next Punjab CM will be decided today, says Congress leader Pargat Singh
15:17 (IST)19 Sep 2021
AICC proposes name of Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa for CM post

After discussion with the Punjab MLAs, AICC has proposed the name of Sukhjinder Randhawa for the post of CM, a meeting is going on at the residence of Rahul Gandhi with Ambika Soni in Delhi, ANI quoted sources as saying. 

15:17 (IST)19 Sep 2021
All MLAs have proposed Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa’s name for CM: MLA Pritam Kotbhai

All MLAs have named Sukhjinder Randhawa for CM before Congress high command, he will become the CM: Congress MLA Pritam Kotbhai, in Chandigarh

15:03 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on whether he will taking oath as Punjab CM

Not mine, don’t know who’s but it will be done for sure: Congress leader Sukhjinder Singh Randhwa on whether he will be taking oath as Punjab CM today

14:40 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Sidhu not a traitor, Gandhi family on Captain’s target: Sidhu’s advisor

Navjot Sidhu is not a traitor. If after now Capt Amarinder Singh calls Sidhu a traitor, then I will open the whole book. Capt’s target is not Sidhu but the Gandhi family. I’ll not allow Capt to target Gandhi family: Md Mustafa, advisor to Punjab Cong Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu 

Capt. Amarinder Singh has been humiliating Punjab for the last 5 yrs. The people in this party have been tolerating him for the last 4.5 years. If I was the leader of the party, then I would have removed Captain from the party in 30 days: Md Mustafa, advisor to Navjot Singh Sidhu

14:30 (IST)19 Sep 2021
BJP questions Congress on Amarinder Singh calling Sidhu ‘anti-national’

We demand Congress to speak on this issue and put their version. Will Congress take cognizance of these allegations and take action on it: BJP leader Prakash Javadekar 

14:25 (IST)19 Sep 2021
BJP questions Sonia and Rahul Gandhi’s ‘silence’

Former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has called his party’s state chief Navjot Singh Sindhu anti-national. This is a very serious allegation. BJP is asking only one question to Congress that why Sonia, Rahul & Priyanka are silent on this?: BJP leader Prakash Javadekar

13:47 (IST)19 Sep 2021
What Amarinder Singh wrote in letter to Sonia Gandhi on Saturday

Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday wrote to Congress President expressing anguish at political events of the last about 5 months, which he said were clearly “not based on full understanding of the national imperatives of Punjab and its key concerns,” says his office.

13:06 (IST)19 Sep 2021
I have declined the CM offer: Ambika Soni
12:54 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Ambika Soni arrives at Rahul Gandhi’s residence
12:45 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Party leadership yet to decide on new CM’s name

While former PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar’s name was finalised till last evening, the party had held it back after murmurs of protest during the CLP meet on Saturday.

12:13 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Decision on new Punjab CM in next 2-3 hours: Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa

A decision will be taken in the next 2-3 hours: Congress MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on the announcement of new Punjab CM, in Chandigarh

11:46 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Hope Amarinder Singh will not take any step that harms Congress: Ashok Gehlot

“I hope that Captain Amarinder Singh ji will not take any step that will harm the Congress party…He is a respected leader of the party and I hope that he will continue to work keeping the interests of the party ahead,” tweets Rajasthan CM and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot

11:26 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Kapil Sibal’s cryptic tweet on Punjab Congress crisis
10:45 (IST)19 Sep 2021
CLP meeting cancelled, announcement of new CM likely today: Report

The CLP meeting has been cancelled and the party leadership might announce the new chief minister without holding the meeting, reported News18. 

10:38 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Mandate already given in Saturday’s CLP meeting: MLA Pargat Singh

It all depends on the Congress high command. This is the prerogative of the high command. CLP meeting was held yesterday and a mandate has been given. There is no need for another meeting of the CLP: Congress MLA Pargat Singh

10:32 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Sonia Gandhi’s decision awaited, says Congress MLA Kuldeep Singh

We are awaiting Sonia Gandhi’s orders. Immediately after, a decision will be taken in the CLP meeting. There is a background and issues behind the resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh: Congress MLA Kuldeep Singh Vaid after meeting with Sunil Jakhar, in Chandigarh

09:49 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Amarinder Singh’s resignation a panic reaction of Congress high command to salvage situation: BJP

The resignation of Amarinder Singh as Punjab chief minister is a “panic reaction” of the Congress high command to salvage the situation ahead of assembly polls and shows that the state’s ruling party is a divided house, the BJP said on Saturday.

The BJP expressed confidence that the people of Punjab, having lost trust in the Shironami Akali Dal (SAD) as well, will choose the party in the elections early next year as it alone can give the state a stable and progressive government.

09:43 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Sonia Gandhi to announce new CM today: Pawan Goel

A meeting of MLAs was held with Harish Rawat ji and Ajay Maken ji yesterday. A resolution was passed that Sonia Gandhi ji’s decision will be final on this matter. Today you will get to know her decision: Pawan Goel, Working President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee

Punjab Congress MLAs Saturday authorised party president Sonia Gandhi to pick a new legislature party leader who will succeed Amarinder Singh as the chief minister of the state. This came after Amarinder Singh resigned as Punjab chief minister, saying he felt “humiliated” at the way the party handled the infighting in the state unit. A resolution requesting Sonia Gandhi to pick the next chief minister was passed unanimously in a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party.

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